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Irular woman fishing (Credit: Bhagat Singh)

Irulars, a tribal community settled in coastal Tamil Nadu for three generations, with ancestral ties to the neighbouring province of Andhra, are involved in brackish water fishing. Long unnoticed and marginal, their livelihood has been dependent on resources offered by the backwaters, with its mix of salty and fresh water, ideal for crustaceans, molluscs and varieties of fish.

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